Selamat Hari Peduli Autis Internasional, 2 April 2017

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Untuk memahami lebih mendalam isu Autisme dalam Gerakan Difabel Indonesia menuju Kesetaraan, tim PerDIK beramai-ramai ke Anjungan Mandar, Pantai Losari Kota Makassar. Pada hari ini, 2 April 2017 sedang ada perayaan Hari Peduli Autisme Internasional yang digelar oleh POAAM Sulawesi Selatan.

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Minggu pagi itu, perayaan sederhana yang dihadiri sejumlah penggiat Persatuan Orang Tua Anak Autis Makassar dan penggiat PKK Kota Makassar. Terdapat dua tenda berdiri untuk menopang sejumlah kegiatan pagi yang beberapa kali diguyur hujan itu. Ada sejumlah titik kumpul untuk bisa saling mengobrol. Kami pun memperkenalkan diri dan mengobrol dengan sejumlah penggiat isu Autisme ini.

Menghadiri perayaan seperti ini bagi kami adalah suatu cara saling mendukung dan berbagi semangat dalam memperjuangkan isu-isu difabel. Selain itu, sebagaimana menjadi tujuan awal kedatangan kami adalah ingin mengetahui lebih banyak soal bagaimana kawan-kawan POAAM menangani isu Autisme ini. Semoga kita semua tetap bisa berjuang dan saling mendukung untuk mencapai tujuan perjuangan yang lebih besar, yankni memanusiakan manusia.

Selamat Hari Peduli Autisme Internasional 2017!

berikut petikan puisi sederhana dari Sally Meyer (2000) untuk kedua orang tuanya.

Before I Go To Sleep…

Mommy, don’t you cry now and Daddy don’t you weep.
I want to whisper something before I go to sleep.
I know that when I cam here I looked perfect in every way.
And you were so proud, Daddy; when you held me on that day.
And Mommy, when you kissed me and wrapped me up so tight,
I knew that I belonged here and everything was right.
But then I stopped talking and began to slip away,
I saw your worried faces as you knelt by me to pray.
And Daddy, I always notice how you wipe away a tear,
When you watch the other children as they run and laugh and cheer.
I may not be able to tell you how much I love you so,
Or even show you how I feel and what I really know.
But when you hold me, Mommy, at night when all is still,
I feel the love you have for me and I know that all is well.
And Daddy, when you take me to the park to run and play
I know that you still love me thought the words I cannot say.
I want to tell you something before I go to sleep.
I may be sort of direct and you may not understand,
I know that I am not that little held that you and Daddy planned.
But I love you both so very much and I know you love me too,
And if I could only speak my heart, you would feel my love for you.
I know the future is unknown and you will always have to be,
The ones who love and listen and take good care of me.
I know that you are frightened and you shed so many tears,
And if I could I’d wipe them dry and take away your fears.
So Mommy, don’t you cry now and Daddy please don’t weep.
I want to say…

I love you both, before I go to sleep.

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